Ravichandran Ashwin’s 6/41 guides India to victory against Australia in Bangalore
Ravichandran Ashwin took 6/41 as India defeated Australia by 75 runs in the second Test match of the series in Bangalore.cricket Updated: Mar 07, 2017 18:19 IST
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin captured his 25th five-wicket innings haul as he bowled the hosts towards a famous victory over Australia in the second Test on Tuesday. (HIGHLIGHTS)
The 30-year-old captured three wickets off successive overs, either side of tea on Day 4 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, dismissing Mitchell Marsh (13) and Mathew Wade (0) before the break to leave Australia on 101 for six chasing 188 for victory before clean bowling Mitchell Starc (1) on resumption to make it 103 for seven.
Ashwin, the world No 1 Test bowler, had faced some criticism over the line he bowled in the Australian first innings after he took 2/84 while bowling a marathon 49 overs from the same end from where Aussie counterpart Nathan Lyon took 8/50. (SCORECARD)
But the Indian spinner was a transformed bowler as he attacked the batsman as well as hitting the rough and turning it sharply with bounce.
After getting Wade at the stroke of tea, the emotional Ashwin ran towards deep square leg a la South Africa spinner Imran Tahir. After dismissing Starc, he pointed to his head as if to say his game was all in the head.
Ashwin finished things off, forcing Peter Handscomb (24) to sky a catch beffore having Nathan Lyon (2) caught behind to seal the famous win.
Ashwin became the fastest to take 200 wickets earlier in the home season. He took seven wickets in the Pune Test, which India lost by 333 runs after being dismissed for 105 and 107.